There are three players responsible for the reconstruction of the Boston Celtics following the retirement of Bill Russell in 1969. The first man had been along for years and years… the indefatigable John Havlicek. The second man came along in the 1970 draft… the indefatigable Dave Cowens. The third man was taken in the 1969 draft, Boston’s first draft pick after Russell retired… the indefatigable Jo Jo White.
It should be no surprise that with three indefatigable players at the core, the 1970s Boston Celtics were a squad of persistence, endurance, and grit. Jo Jo White exemplified all of those qualities. Between 1971 and 1977, White appeared in 564 of 574 possible contests and played 40 minutes a night while doing so. These seasons were White’s peak years and prime averaging 20 points, 5.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals.
The high-water mark of Jo Jo’s illustrious career came in the…
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